A report showing that just five per cent of drug users in Worcestershire kicked the habit following taxpayer-funded treatment is dismal indeed.
Though I have to say the UK average of 7.4% successfully getting clean doesn’t inspire me with great confidence about drug treatment services generally.
Such services, which cost millions, are contracted out rather than run directly by local authorities and tax payers want best value. The impact on society of drug use is immense and the ripples spread far and wide.
Dr Richard Harling, Worcestershire’s county corporate director in charge of heath, is “quite persuaded” that more drugs should be decriminalised. I am not, it is a serious problem that needs serious answers.
We have to provide the best environment and assistance to give drug addicts the best chance of recovery.
Meanwhile I’m pleased that a highly reputable charitable trust is now running the treatment services in the county and making “steady” improvements. I trust progress is closely monitored.